L.A Girl – why I love to use their foundations…

In their own words…

L.A. Girl offers beauty without compromise and beauty for all.  Founded in 1985, the brands original ethos still stands strong – premium quality, on-trend, innovative beauty.  With their on-trend, affordable products, L.A. Girl provides the tools for everyone (from beginner to pro MUA) to express themselves through makeup application.’

I simply love their products!  L.A Girl is one of the fastest growing makeup brands currently on the market, and in my opinion easily out-does some of the more well known established brands such as YSL, especially on foundation.  I came across L.A Girl after reading many of the favourable reviews and thought I’d give their pro long-wear foundation a try.  Well a couple of years later and many happy bridal clients on, I am still using their products.

The models I work with are always asking what foundation is in my kit, as they love the way the skin is able to breath yet is fully covered with an even skin-tone.  The weightless, hydrating formula glides onto the skin imparting gentle hydration and incredible coverage.  It allows the skin to be camera ready whilst it cares for the skin x

L.A Girl – why I love to use their foundations…

In their own words…

L.A. Girl offers beauty without compromise and beauty for all.  Founded in 1985, the brands original ethos still stands strong – premium quality, on-trend, innovative beauty.  With their on-trend, affordable products, L.A. Girl provides the tools for everyone (from beginner to pro MUA) to express themselves through makeup application.’

I simply love their products!  L.A Girl is one of the fastest growing makeup brands currently on the market, and in my opinion easily out-does some of the more well known established brands such as YSL, especially on foundation.  I came across L.A Girl after reading many of the favourable reviews and thought I’d give their pro long-wear foundation a try.  Well a couple of years later and many happy bridal clients on, I am still using their products.

The models I work with are always asking what foundation is in my kit, as they love the way the skin is able to breath yet is fully covered with an even skin-tone.  The weightless, hydrating formula glides onto the skin imparting gentle hydration and incredible coverage.  It allows the skin to be camera ready whilst it cares for the skin x

REPOST // My top 10 foundations

Foundation seems to have a myth surrounding it that it can be difficult to master.  I am often asked what the trick is to achieving a smooth finish, that doesn’t look too heavy or like a mask.  The trick?  Well, all it is is good quality foundation correctly colour matched.  How you apply the foundation is completely up to you – whether you use fingers, a brush or sponge.  What’s important is to use clean tools and adopt a method that works for you.  Here are my top 10 foundations I love to use for my clients x

1. No.7 Stay Perfect Foundation

2. L.A Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation

3. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Mousse Makeup

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay Perfect-in-Place Makeup

5. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

6. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation

7. L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation

8. Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation

9. Clarins True Radiance Foundation

10. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

My top 10 foundations

Foundation seems to have a myth surrounding it that it can be difficult to master.  I am often asked what the trick is to achieving a smooth finish, that doesn’t look too heavy or like a mask.  The trick?  Well, all it is is good quality foundation correctly colour matched.  How you apply the foundation is completely up to you – whether you use fingers, a brush or sponge.  What’s important is to use clean tools and adopt a method that works for you.  Here are my top 10 foundations I love to use for my clients x

1. No.7 Stay Perfect Foundation

2. L.A Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation

3. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Mousse Makeup

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay Perfect-in-Place Makeup

5. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

6. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation

7. L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation

8. Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation

9. Clarins True Radiance Foundation

10. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

REPOST//Product spotlight – Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation…

If it’s possible to fall totally in love with a makeup product, then I have fallen truly and completely head over heels for this foundation.  Oh my word, where to begin!  I am always searching for the very best foundations for my brides, as it not only gives them a beautiful base and the coverage they want – but it also makes my life a lot easier and happier knowing my client is thrilled with their skin.  This foundation is just that – the very best.

Amazing at covering scars, spots and brilliant at levelling out skin tone.  The formula itself is exceptionally light, and feels like silk on the skin – easily build-able to any level of coverage from very light to medium/full.  The foundation comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with the YSL signature gold cap, finishing the elegant look that just screams luxury.

Possibly the world’s current best foundation x

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Product spotlight – Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat

If it’s possible to fall totally in love with a makeup product, then I have fallen completely head of heels for this foundation!  Oh my word, where to begin!  I am always searching for the very best foundations for my clients, as it not only gives them a beautiful base and the coverage they want – but it also makes my life a lot easier and happier knowing my client is thrilled with their skin.  This foundation is just that – the very best!  Amazing at covering scars, spots and brilliant at evening skin tone.

The formula itself is exceptionally light, and feels like water on the skin – building to a light to medium coverage.  The foundation comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with the YSL signature gold cap, finishing the elegant look that just proclaims luxury.

Possibly the world’s best foundation…? x

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Foundation troubleshooter

Foundation has the ability to even skin tone, texture and provide that silky film of seemingly perfect skin – yet it can be tricky to master with so many shades to choose from and different types of formula, it can be difficult to even know where to begin!  So let’s start with getting the right shade for you, and the best way to do this is to bypass the ‘put a little on your hand and step outside’ malarkey and just go straight for the No.7 counter in boots and get your skin professionally scanned for an exact match.  They will also do a quick analysis of your skin type and recommend what formula would be best for you; liquid, powder or stick.

Foundation Troubleshooter – why does my foundation look cakey and other questions…

*If your foundation looks cakey when you go into daylight it is most likely caused by the health of your skin.  If you have dry, flakey or recently sunburnt skin the foundation will not sit correctly.  The best thing to do is have a couple of days off from makeup and just moisturize to put the skin right.

*If you find your foundation builds up in one particular area too much such as around the nose or hairline, just use a dap of your moisturiser to even out and spread the formula.

*Foundation does not apply well or even at all onto sunburnt skin.  The heat from the skin melts the foundation to either evaporate off or turn cakey straight away.  It’s best just to cut your loses and drink plenty of water and use AfterSun to partly amend the damage before using makeup again.

*If your finding foundation isn’t really working for you try using a facial primer instead that works to even out skin tone and close pores for the appearance of smoother skin – something like Benefit’s Porefressional works amazingly well and quite often this is all I’ll wear if I have no time to do a full coverage.

Product spotlight – Clinique Redness Solutions makeup SPF 15

Anyone who suffers from rosacea, acne or severe blushing knows how difficult it is to successfully cover this.  It seems as soon as you put on a product, either the oil from the skin or the heat from it destroys all your hard work.  But there is a product on the market that not only covers, but also strengthens the skin’s natural defence barrier.

I simply love all the Clinique Redness Solutions line, especially this little item, the Redness Solutions makeup camouflages the affected area, colour-correcting as it glides on.  I use this on my clients, just in the area they need it most like cheeks, nose and chin – as with this product a little goes a long way.  I also like to stick it in the fridge to keep it nice and fresh.  I find that doing this also helps calm down the blushing, working with me to cover and cool at the same time.

Tips for covering rosacea

* Avoid liquid foundations with a high alcohol content if you have rosacea & also anything too oily

* Always use products with an SPF, as the sun can trigger a lot of the redness

* Use yellow based foundation to even out skin tone and calm down the blush

* Try to avoid using your fingers to blend anything in, as this can aggravate the area

This product has to be a makeup wardrobe staple x

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Product Spotlight – Garnier Miracle skin cream

A couple of weeks ago I was given the new Garnier Miracle skin cream as a tester pot to try – not being a great fan of these samples I was ready to disregard this, but I am really surprised at how much I love this product!  In a world of drugstore bargins, this has to be a shining torch for high end quality for a definite low pleasing price.

It works a bit like a moisturiser and creamy foundation combined – turning into a light (colour matched) foundation once gently applied.  You only need the tiniest amount, about the size of a pin head, in key areas – down the nose/across cheeks, forehead and chin.  I visibly noticed my pores were closed and my skin was much more even – I also loved the fact that it feels so light and was quick to apply (a bonus if you have children!)

I will definitely keep using this in my regular skin routine x

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